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Just ask for ice water at any restaurant or counter service area. It's free! Aim for places with Coke machines for filtered, tastier water.
If you're staying at a WDW resort hotel, you can use any resort amenities. If you would like to explore the Disney resort, hop a bus to a new place like the Grand Floridian or Animal Kingdom Lodge!
Extra Magic Hours make the park more busy. The extra hour or two that you wake up early for usually gets eaten up in extra wait times in lines. Plan your trip around not being in any parks on their Extra Magic Hour days. You will experience far less wait times!
Rather than buying a character autograph book in the park, bring a storybook with the characters in it for them to sign!
Annual Passholders get free parking as well as many other discounts in the parks. If you're driving and staying at a non-WDW hotel, consider buying 1 person an annual pass to save on parking and souvenirs. Remember, parking is $17-20 daily!
Wait times skyrocket in Peak Seasons, everybody knows that. But did you know that they also rise around Daytona 500 weekend and other big area events? Check the calendar of events in Orlando before booking your vacation!
Download the My Disney Experience App for your smartphone before you arrive, and get used to navigating around it. Waiting in the standby line for Soarin' isn't the time to learn how to reserve a Fastpass!
If you decide to change your reservation after the penalty is in effect, try calling 407-WDW-DINE and ask them to change it to a later date, then cancel the reservation later for free. Otherwise it's a $10 per person charge.
Character's autographs turn out better with a giant pen. They are expensive in the park, so bring one from home.
If the line splits and you can't see where it ends, go left. Majority of the crowd tends to head right, thus giving you a shorter line.
There is no chewing gum sold on WDW property. If you can't do without, plan accordingly.
Celebrating a birthday, first visit, engagement, etc? Pick up a celebration button at the hotel front desk or any guest services.
The Disney Memory Maker is the most cost-sensible way to buy pictures from your vacation. It's expensive, so ensure you take plenty of Photopass pictures!
Two parents with an infant? Ask the ride attendant to Ride-Swap with your child, so you can both swap and ride separately while the other one holds the baby. The second parent enters a shorter line as soon as the first one exits the ride!
Annual Passholders have an exclusive hotline for issues with much less wait time.
If you have at least 1 night left in your WDW hotel, ask any shop to send your purchased items to your hotel instead of carrying them through the park. You can also throw a few items into the bag if you figure that you won't need that extra rain poncho today.
Coffee drinkers should consider buying a souvenir cup the first morning, it comes with free refills for the entire vacation. They aren't able to be used in the parks, though.
You must finish food and drinks before you enter a ride. Don't go buy that large slushie on your way to a ride, you will have to throw most of it out.
Pick 1 cheat snack. It'll keep you from trying every food you walk by. Mine is a Mickey bar. I get one every vacation.
A toy bought early gets carried by dad all day. Kids usually only like it until the next attraction, which isn't far ahead.
Request a recipe for dishes that you enjoy.
Skip the wait in the morning by leaving the backpack in the hotel. Guests without bags bypass security checks.
Individual cereal boxes make great kids' snacks. And they're disposable, so you won't be lugging that tupperware around after it runs out of Cheerios.
Make Disney headbands to match your outfits from ribbon and plastic headbands that you can buy at any craft store..
We use rewards points from the Chase Disney Rewards Visa Card to pay for our Annual Passes. Consider using a similar strategy to save for your vacation. There are other discounts and free souvenirs at Disney when you use it. You can use it for airfare, also. https://disneyrewards.com
Annual Passholders have their own phone number to call for reservations: 1 (407) 560-7277. I usually get quicker service with this number.
The Disney Dining Plan works for some families. I have never been a fan of it. It's great for budgeting, if your kids aren't picky eaters. Some meal options are not available to children. Consider whether you will be saving any money by purchasing the Dining Plan before buying a package.
Is the Parkhopper worth it? Unless you are trying to pack all of the parks into less than 4 days or visit Disney very often, probably not. A lot of time is wasted by transferring parks without needing to. I'd spend the money elsewhere. You can always add it on later if you choose to.
Look for Hidden Mickeys to make the walk between rides more entertaining. They are everywhere, but can be difficult to find!
Make sure you know the Disney dress code before you pack your bags! https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/recommended-dress/
The key to a ride-plan is knowing where the crowds head at opening:
Magic Kindgom - Seven Dwarf's Mine Train and Space Mountain
Hollywood Studios - Toy Story Mania and Rock N Rollercoaster
EPCOT - Soarin and Test Track
Animal Kingdom - Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris
You could bring a framed photo mat for the characters to sign, then put a picture of your kids with them in the mat.
Disney's Magical Express is the way to go, if you plan to fly in. They will put an extra tag with a big mouse picture on it, so it is harder to put on the wrong flight. Plus your bags will go directly to your room, and you get a free bus ride in a luxury bus liner to your resort.
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Pick a Location to Find Healthy Meals and Snacks
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